We speculated a few weeks ago that if Steve Spagnuolo got a head coaching job he likely would make a run at hiring his good friend and former college teammate Paul Ferraro as an assistant. It appears that is in the process of happening.
Spagnuolo was named coach of the St. Louis Rams last weekend and, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the team has asked the Vikings permission to speak to Ferraro. Ferraro has been the Vikings special teams coordinator since Brad Childress took over as coach in 2006. Ferraro and Spagnuolo played football together at Springfield (Mass.) College.
The Rams need permission because Ferraro remains under contract to the Vikings. The Vikings could simply deny the Rams request. Spagnuolo also is good friends with Childress, who was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia when Spagnuolo was an assistant with the Eagles. Of course, Childress and Eagles coach Andy Reid are good friends but when Childress left to take the Vikings job Reid essentially told him to stay away from his assistants.
The Vikings struggled in certain areas of special teams this season — the team gave up an NFL record seven touchdowns – but Childress said Ferraro’s job was safe. If Ferraro did leave for St. Louis, the Vikings could promote assistant special teams coach Brian Murphy.